Insects represent the most abundant and diverse animal group on Earth. The number of described species is more than one million and up to ten million are estimated. Insects have one of the widest distributions in the world because they have adapted to extreme ranges of environments.
Molecular ecology studies ecological processes based on the analysis of biomacromolecules, particularly DNA, RNA, and proteins, but also of low-molecular weight signal compounds. Molecular ecology uses the exciting opportunities offered by the tools of molecular biology.
The book presents current entomological research, where molecular tools help to advance traditional ecological studies. Chapters include ones on insect–insect and insect–plant interactions, on mechanisms of environmental adaptation, or on the use of insect biotechnology in pest and vector control. The book helps to combine powerful methods in molecular biology with exciting issues in ecology to understand why insects became "masters of survival."
Table of Contents
Mechanisms of Polyphenism in Insects; Stephen M. Rogers
Toxins, Defensive Compounds and Drugs from Insects; K. Dettner
Insect Bioluminescence in the Post-Molecular Biology Era; Yuichi Oba
A Glance on the Role of miRNAs in Insect Life; Sassan Asgari and Mazhar Hussain
Advances in Insect Physiology and Endocrinology through Genomics and Peptidomics; Ian Orchard and Angela B. Lange
Neuropeptide Signaling and RNA Interference; Klaus H. Hoffmann, Sandy Weidlichand Franziska Wende
Insect Photoperiodism; Shin G. Goto and Hideharu Numata
Insects in Winter: Metabolism and Regulation of Cold Hardiness; Kenneth B.Storey and Janet M. Storey
Evolutionary Ecology of Insect Immunity; Gerrit Joop and Andreas Vilcinskas
The Coleopteran Gut and Targets for Pest Control; Brenda Oppert, Asieh Rasoolizadeh and Dominique Michaud
Trypsin Modulating Oostatic Factor (TMOF) and Insect Biotechnology; Dov Borovsky
RNAi Based Functional Analysis of Biosynthetic Enzymes and Transport Proteins Involved in the Chemical Defense of Juvenile Leaf Beetles; Antje Burse and Wilhelm Boland
Silks from Insects – From Natural Diversities to Technical Applications; M. Neuenfeldt and T. Scheibel
Klaus H. Hoffmann